Refurb 2.3ghz i7 with Apple SSD good value?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by psymac, Oct 31, 2014.

  1. psymac macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2002
    Apple selling refurb 2.3gz i7 with 256GB SSD, $759, $170 over price of HD. Better deal and quality than third party like OWC 256 SSD for $150?
  2. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    It's not that it's hard to install a third party SSD on your Mini, but it's not as easy as replacing a Macbook (non-retina) HDD. With this price difference, I'd get the one from Apple.
  3. crazzapple Guest

    Oct 19, 2014
    Yosemite reportedly makes it difficult to run trim on third party ssds, so you might take that into consideration. A top quality (samsung 850 pro 256GB) ssd is around $185.
  4. dogslobber macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2014
    Apple Campus, Cupertino CA
    You can pick up a 256GB Crucial SSD from NewEgg for 115$. Not sure why you'd want to spend extra $$ on Apple's markups if it can be avoided. The only issue I can see is that you need to use Trim Enabler. I'm happy to do that to save a few bucks.
  5. gtlodger00, Oct 31, 2014
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2014

    gtlodger00 macrumors newbie

    Jun 28, 2013
    I grabbed one of these refurbs yesterday to upgrade from a 2010 2.4GHz model. I'm sure I'm off in the price some but I believe this BTO model would go for around $1,000 or so, a fair savings. Plus I'd rather have the official TRIM support for the SSD. I know there are the workarounds but personally I'm ok with paying a small premium to not have to worry about it.

    I had run my 2010 from an external SSD boot drive over FireWire, it was awesome when it worked but the SSD firmware gave me trouble a couple times and erased everything. With little ones I only have so much time to tinker.

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